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'We don't want you here'

Surrey has implemented a new program that makes gangsters unwelcome at bars and restaurants.

And, the daughter of an innocent man gunned down in a Cloverdale club hopes the program will help deter similar attacks.

The Inadmissible Patrons Progam launched Thursday, CTV News reports.

"I shouldn’t have had to lose my dad because of someone else’s decision to play God," Lexus Whitmee, now 19, told CTV.

Christopher Whitmee, 34, died after he was hit by stray bullets during a failed gang hit at the Cloverdale Show Lounge in May 2009. 

"I don’t know how someone can walk in with a hood to a bar and not have any questions asked. If we had the same things we have now then, it would have been a different story," Lexus said.

The IPP is one of the recommendations of the Surrey Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence.

"Our message is quite simple. We don’t want you here. Not to live, not to play, not to socialize here. Get out," said Surrey RCMP’s commanding officer, Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald.

Eight restaurants have so far signed up for the program​.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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